College of the Redwoods

Redwoods sophomores ‘close out with a bang’

The College of the Redwoods sophomores played their final home game in volleyball on Wednesday night, and it was a successful farewell in more ways than one.

In front of their largest home crowd of the season, the Corsairs turned in one of their best performances of the season, defeating Lassen in four sets, 25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 26-24.

The win was the fifth on the season for CR and moves the Corsairs ahead of Lassen into fifth place in the Golden Valley Conference standings.

It also avenged a five-set loss at Lassen a few weeks back, a game that served as a rallying cry of sorts for the CR women.

“This was more than about not taking last place,” CR head coach Petra Lorenzi said. “We lost to Lassen in five in a game we all knew we should have won. Ad that was a turning point of the season for us.

“We started to understand what it takes to win matches.”

The four sophomores — Elise Wilson, Mikenzie Palotas, Olivia Wilma and Rhea McCoy — were honored before the game and played a big part in the win.

“They went out with a bang,” Lorenzi said. “Our sophomores all year have done a great job of establishing and helping maintain the positive attitude and energy level on the court.”

Wilson was again instrumental in the win, finishing with 37 digs, while Jessica Simon continued her impressive debut season with 10 kills, 20 digs and a pair of aces.

Ashlynn Maddeaux also had one of her most productive games of the season, finishing with nine kills.

“It was probably her strongest offensive game of the year,” Lorenzi said.

Faith Jauregui also had a big night, finishing with 16 digs and an impressive six aces, while Ariana Gallegos had a pair of aces.

Redwoods closes out the season on the road against Butte on Friday night, although the match is likely to be moved because of the wild fire in the area.

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